Food for creative souls usually come in the form of artistic collaboration.  This editorial shoot was born over coffee with Natalia of Tailor & Table, where our ‘inspiration words’ were dark, moody, and texture.  Off our imaginations went from there and I couldn’t be happier with all of the loveliness that Tailor & Table dreamed up for this shoot!  We had a dream team of vendors and were lucky enough to have it published on Style Me Pretty.  You can see the full feature HERE.

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I can hardly believe it myself, but yours truly created the stationery suite and signage for the shoot myself!  Crafted from fine art papers using gold ink, hand drawings and lettering.

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A full post of the Editorial Shoot will be featured on the blog soon!

Cheers!

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“No one else, Love,
will sleep in my dreams.

You will go, we will go together,
over the waters of time.

No one else will travel
through the shadows with me

only you, evergreen
ever sun, ever moon.”

~Sonnet LXXXI – Pablo Neruda~

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers out there.  The best gift of all is love.

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I have had the pleasure of photographing Diana & Benjamin for several years now, and they are not only clients but have turned into good friends.  Diana is such a joy and we both love to get together to talk about both of our creative endeavors.  You might know her from her BLOG which you can read to find out more about her.  They are the sweetest couple, and we have so much fun on shoot days together.  Plus Benjamin always says that I take “the best photos ever” of him, how can I argue with that?  Here’s a look at their last session with me in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Love Shoots are such a great way to capture special moments like anniversaries, vacations or ‘just because’ like Diana & Benjamin did.  To see more of my Love Shoots, click HERE or CONTACT ME to get more information and pricing.

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Thanks Diana & Benjamin for continually trusting me to capture your life on film.

Cheers!

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This week on the blog is dedicated to all of the lovers out there.  Whether you’re in love, looking for love or just simply believe in love, these posts and inspirational imagery are for you.  So, all week leading up to Valentine’s Day, I’ll be spreading the love with lots of sweet couples, caring moments and lots and lots of red lipstick!

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Last summer, I had the absolute pleasure to shoot a wedding in the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy alongside my amazing colleague Alicia Swedenborg.  After shooting an amazing rehearsal dinner and wedding in Ravello, we ended up having a little girls trip and hanging out in Ravello and Amalfi for a few days.  Besides getting to spend some time with my good friend, as well as relax after a busy spring and early summer season, we decided that we should do a little inspirational shoot while in Ravello.

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Turns out, Ravello is one of those quaint, perfect little Italian hill-towns that you picture in your imagination.  Very small, in fact so small that by the time we left, we knew so many locals in town by name and they remembered us and said hello daily!  We also ran into some celebrities, as apparently this town is popular with those who wish to be discreet.  In addition to it’s small-town charm, the landscape is gorgeous with the town situated high on the cliffs and hills on the Amalfi Coast, with views of vineyards, farms and small homes inland, as well as sweeping views of the sea on the other side, with bigger towns like Atrani and Amalfi below.  It’s truly amazing, and I highly suggest a visit there if you’re headed to The Amalfi Coast.  It’s also much more quaint than the touristy towns of Amalfi and Positano, and at 5pm all the tourists leave and you have the entire town all to yourself.

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I think some of the tourists thought we were actually models (oops, sorry folks!) when we took photos of each other in the center of town one evening.  The light was dreamy and we were having the best time!  Of course Alicia always looks like a model, for me it took awhile before I warmed up to the camera.

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Back to our shoot, we planned a small, elopement-themed shoot with our amazing friends Alice and Matteo with the help of the vendors listed below and had such a fun day collaborating, creating and shooting.  The shoot was recently featured on Style Me Pretty Destination, which you can see HERE or by clicking on the image below.

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A full blogpost of the shoot is coming soon, but in the meantime be sure to checkout the feature on SMP!  Thanks again to Alicia for collaborating and to SMP for featuring our work!  Here’s one of my favorite images and locations that we scouted for the portraits, so, so dreamy…and the ‘real’ view overlooking the mountains and sea was behind me!!!

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Photography: Melissa Schollaert | Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Accessories & Veils: Jannie Baltzer | Gowns: Chaviano Couture | Hairstylist: Tonino | Makeup: Zoe Graham | Models: Alice + Matteo

Cheers!

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